Emily Whitmire Talks Aleksandra Albu Matchup, Layoff & Moving In With UFC Veteran Johnny Case


Emily Whitmire is back in the Octagon in a few short weeks at UFC Fight Night Phoenix, facing Aleksandra Albu.

The fighter had some choice words for UFC veteran Vinny Magalhaes after a win at UFC 226, but Whitmire says everything is cool now between them.

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“We joke around at the gym now, like if I see him or something. He apologized to me the next day and we just kind of brushed it off, I got the win. So at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter. We’re still teammates and I see him at the gym, we’re cordial and everything. I have a little…I have a memory and it’s on the back burner,” says Whitmire in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.

Whitmire now looks to get above .500 in the UFC at UFC Phoenix, as the fighter currently holds a 1-1-0 record in the promotion.

There is a lot of great things happening in Whitmire’s personal life to, especially after she was introduced to UFC veteran Johnny Case by current UFC fighter Lauren Murphy.

“So, I actually went to the last UFC (show) in Phoenix…in Glendale. That was last April and I almost didn’t even go, but me and Lauren had been planning on going because Matt Lopez and Justin Gaethje were fighting our coaches form the Ultimate Fighter. I went out there and we went to an after party after and she ended up introducing us, like right away it was sparks flying and the dance floor…we were just hanging out the whole night and we wrestled around and we just couldn’t be apart after that, it was literally like seven months of both of us driving back and forth and so it was nice to finally make that move (moving in together),” says Whitmire.

UFC Fight Night Phoenix takes place on Sunday, February 17 from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona with Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on ESPN.

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